I’m sure the Egyptian, Syrian, Libyan, Jordanian, Iranian, Saudi, Qatari, and so-called Palestinians jets will be lifting off shortly:
An IDF Home Front Command search and rescue team and a fully equipped field hospital will take off for Nepal on Sunday night, army officials have said.
Col. Yoram Laredo, commander of the Home Front Command’s conscripted battalions, is heading the Israeli assistance team, and said some 260 personnel will board an air force cargo plane and an El Al Boeing 737 for a 12 hour journey to the earthquake-stricken country.
“We are in the advanced stages of preparations,” Laredo said. The first priority upon arrival for the team will be in locating and rescuing earthquake victims trapped in the rubble, Laredo said. “The second goal will be to open a field hospital to assist the injured.
Thirdly, we will make contact with Israelis who are cut off [from the outside world due to the disaster],” the officer added.
Three large search and rescue teams will divide up into smaller crews and scour ruins to search for survivors. A command and control team will oversee the entire effort, and link up to local authorities. “At the moment, we are set to take off at 22:00 for Kathmandu,” Laredo added.
The planes will carry some 95 tons of equipment, including the various components of a field hospital, which will have a ward for premature babies, a labor ward, x-ray machines, and a hospitalization area, as well as lab and surgery zones.
Rescuers are bringing with them cutting equipment, electronic devices to help find trapped victims, generators, lighting equipment, and more.
“As time passes, the focus will move from search and rescue to hospital treatment. The hospital can treat 200 patients a day,” Laredo said. “We can link up with local heavy engineering vehicles,” he added.
Three IDF Oketz K9 dogs and their handlers will also board one of the planes to Nepal.
Many members of the delegation have taken part in past Israeli assistance teams to natural disaster zones in Haiti, and the Philippines.
Many have wondered why Israel bothers, having enough problems of its own:
“This is a humanitarian mission that is most important from our perspective. We cannot stand on the sidelines in light of the big tragedy that Nepal and its citizens have suffered in the past 24 hours,” Ya’alon added. “This is our moral obligation. I hope that the Home Front Command personnel provide Nepalese residents with assistance that will help their people and enable them to cope with the tragedy that befell them.”
“Moral obligation”? Who talks that way anymore? How quaint!